Oh my lordie - you're getting Married!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow everything is sooo exciting and your head is spinning with ideas :) So where do you start? From telling the folks to making wedding decisions make sure you do it the right way...
How do you get motivated when you're really not feeling it?
If you're planning a wedding then you'll never be short of things to do, but what if you just can't get your get up and go to tackle it?
I've pulled together 5 easy ideas to jump start your motivation, click below to see what they are...
Choosing colours for your wedding might be as easy as saying I Do!
But what if it isn't?
Somewhere along your planning journey you'll have to decide on a colour or colour scheme (even if it's only 'all white') Colour can be used in so many area to tie your wedding together and create a Wow factor!
So exactly HOW do you choose a colour scheme if you havent got a clue where to start?
Read on for where you can get your inspiration...
I’ve never been a big fan of paper confetti - it’s always been on the naff side of wedding planning, I mean how many fantastic wedding props start with a trip to a local newsagents to buy it?
Add on top the fact that it’s a single use product and using traditional confetti at your wedding probably isn’t filling you with joy! Many venues have already banned paper confetti simply because of the ‘mess’ it leaves behind, although I always used to smile when I walked by the church on a Monday morning and the confetti left over from the weekend’s wedding danced in the wind, it wasn’t that great by Thursday…
Don’t get me wrong - throwing confetti can make some of the best wedding photos so I’m not suggesting you ban it all together but wouldn’t you like some fun, alternatives that are great for the environment?
Petals - Fresh or dried these make a wonderful. colourful confetti. Choose smaller delicate petals to flutter through the air or larger petals for a hit of colour in your photos - combine the two sizes for a great display!
Bird Seed - 100% eco-friendly you’ll be feeding the local bird population too. Choose a mix of seeds to get some great photos but remember these can be sharp so remind your guests not to throw it too hard!
Feathers - If you are having a small get together I LOVE this idea, feathers will gently float in the air and when the wedding is over, birds can take them to build their nests.
Wedding Rice - NOT the rice from your kitchen cupboard this special rice is safe for wildlife, and is shaped into little hearts.
Wildflower seeds - perfect for outside boho weddings you could actually be making the meadow more beautiful for future couples! DO check with the venue first though if choosing this option - no one wants a wildflower seedling right in the middle of their manicured lawn, no matter how pretty it is!
And don’t forget how you’ll hand out the confetti too - how about swapping paper cones for people taking handfuls from a larger basket?
If you're having a relaxed rustic wedding, chances are a traditional white iced fruit cake is not on your wish list. Good news is there are lots of other ways to create a stunning and tasty focal point. Rustic Wedding cakes focus on texture, natural tones and nature’s decorations - which will you choose?
No icing, no problem! Naked cakes showcase the sponges and done properly can be just as stunning as an iced caked if not more so! Personally I LOVE a naked cake and contrary to what you might think - they are incredibly versatile. To begin with you can have as many tiers as you want - pile them up high for an impressive centre piece or keep them low for understated elegance.
Next play with the shape and flavours for added drama. Sponges can be square or round and a range of natural hues. Play with the recipe and you can go from the palest vanilla sponge to a deep dark chocolate or even a red velvet cake? Decorations can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. Decorate your naked cake with flowers, fruit or a simple trail of ivy.
A hint of colour
The next step up from a bare naked cake is to introduce just the barest of colour, like this pretty pink cake above. It’s a great way to coordinate with your bridesmaids or bouquet. Don’t go over the top with colour here, the key is to keep it understated and let the cake shine through. But don’t be afraid to repeat the colour throughout your dessert table ... pale lilac frosted doughnut anyone?
Keep it Simple
If you'd like a rustic twist on a traditional white cake why not add some texture to add a relaxed vibe. This is a great way to keep the traditionalist aunties happy but reflect your own style too. And just because its a white cake on the outside doesn’t mean it has to be a heavy fruitcake underneath. Chat to your cakemaker about using your favourite type of cake instead.
Whatever type of cake you choose decorating with flowers can help give it a rustic them. Try and keep them relaxed and informal though or it will look too 'staged'. Discuss ideas with your florist or pick some from your garden to keep it rustic.
Do something different
Big fan of Brownies? how about piling them high as a centrepiece! Don't just stick to the expected - a table of homemade (or professionally 'homemade') bakes fits right in to a rustic theme.
When we got married we didn't have just one wedding cake, oh no we broke the mould and had over a dozen!
We asked every family to bring a cake for the dessert table, we ended up with the most fantastic selection & everyone got to pick their favourite or three to nibble.
Think outside the flower box....
Don't just think flowers when you are decorating your wedding cake, how about herbs? As well as a fab rustic look you'll get a great aroma to fill your venue! We love this look above where they've tucked extra sprigs of herbs into the napkins too!
There was a time you could only find a great Wedding Dress in a boutique, but more and more now we are seeing beautiful dresses from shops on the high street and the bonus is they could save you a chunk of money too. I've rounded up 6 of our favourites high street bridal collections below... just click on the name to go to their bridal collection
Monsoon have been a go to for high street brides for many years now. This season their collection of vintage glamour and bohemian spirit mix to create beautiful silhouettes.
Prices £229 - £499
Yes, I had to look twice too. Good old Dotty P's have a bridal collection! Offering both separates and dresses they are well worth a look.
Prices £50 - £225
If you can travel to London then check out Top Shop's bridal range that launched last year. Only available in the Oxford Circus or Knightsbridge store and you'll need to ring them to make an appointment first.
Vintage beading, tape work and hand embroidery work, its all in the detail at phase eight this season. Beautiful vintage inspired gowns.
Prices £275 - £595
Newly launched in February 2018, French Connections range is absolutely perfect for Boho brides with fluid floor length gowns and edgy lace separates.
Prices £65 - £295
If in doubt, head to a department store! Lots of designers all under one roof and some designs are exclusive to JL only. Don't be fooled by thinking they'll all be traditional gowns, there are some fab original designs (& colours) in the mix too!
Prices £105 - £595